Faculty Advisor

Li, Zhi

Faculty Advisor

Popovic, Marko B.

Abstract

While the automation of planar sewing is a rather mature technology, the automation of sewing in three-dimensional space is still a challenging task to accomplish and is mostly done by human workers in factories. This Major Qualifying Project researches into automating the sewing process by designing a system for 3D soft matter manipulation. The team proposed a working prototype that utilizes a pin system which consists of five motorized top pins and their five passive counter-parts at the bottom. The system was able to form the three target 3D curves within an error of ±10% while holding the test fabric during and after curve formation. The system is subject to future iterations to improve its performance and to be made compatible with factory processes.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2019

Major

Interdisciplinary

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

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